On Wednesday, May 31, SCENe and Healthy Community Alliance invite the public to a celebratory event held from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Springville Fire Hall on Main Street.  Age Out Loud is a party celebrating the unique differences and individuality of older adults and will include a performance by the Mercantile Musicians sharing their traditional country and blue grass music, Jack Civiletto singing the music of Frank Sinatra; and Bob Muhlbauer of Ozone Rangers will entertain the audience with his unique mix of contemporary country and classic rock music.

The local troupe of matured actors known as the Brainstormers will perform “Power Up!” – a skit dedicated to the energizing community force of senior volunteers who do so much for our community.  Additionally, there will be dance, fitness and exercise demonstrations, as well as giveaways of prize baskets throughout the event.  SCENe Program Manager Jennifer Mantione explains “Each May, the nation celebrates Older Americans Month and this year’s theme, Age Out Loud, gives aging a new voice—one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say… something the Springville Concord Elder Network (SCENe) has always tried to facilitate and advocate for!   

What it means “to age”  has changed, and this is a perfect opportunity to recognize and celebrate what getting older looks like today.  Although in our society seniors tend to get clumped into one homogeneous stereotype, each person is an individual with different tastes, likes, opinions and interests – That individuality and independence is what SCENe hopes to showcase with this event – that as we grow older we should embrace all those experiences that aging has brought us, and realize each of us have strengths that no one else does.  We’ve successfully raised a family, or had a career, and older adults continue to have a lot to offer, need not be quiet or shy… Seniors can support each other in making our communities what we want them to be.  Seniors are taking charge, striving for wellness, focusing on independence, and advocating for themselves and others. “

SCENE is a program of Gowanda-based Healthy Community Alliance, a nonprofit rural health network.  The agency’s service area encompasses 57 zip codes and some 113,000 residents in portions of Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, and Wyoming counties.  With a mission to improve quality of life in rural communities through broad-based, inclusive partnerships that support wellness and prevention, HCA’s work is wide ranging, including promoting health insurance enrollment with trained navigators, food stamp and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for Seniors, falls prevention programs and tai chi, and of course SCENe’s programs such as the upcoming Garden Walk on July 8  and the ongoing University Express lecture series.